William McLaren Bristol (William McLaren Bristol)

William McLaren Bristol

Businessman. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1887 and purchased Clinton Pharmaceutical Company in upstate New York with classmate John Ripley Myers, continuing the firm after Myers died in 1899. Bristol, Myers was not immediately profitable, but proved successful when it produced and marketed Sal Hepatica, a laxative mineral salt that reproduced the taste and effects of the natural mineral springs of the famous spas in Bohemia. The company, renamed Bristol-Myers in 1900, attained another success with Ipana, a toothpaste advertised as a treatment for bleeding gums, which was the first to include a disinfectant in its formula. The success of these and other products helped turn Bristol-Myers into an international corporation which was publicly traded beginning in 1929, the year the shares owned by Myers’s heirs became available for sale. Bristol served as the company’s President until the late 1920s, when he became Chairman of the Board. Bristol-Myers remained a leader in the pharmaceutical industry, and in 1989 the company merged with a competitor to create Bristol-Myers Squibb, one of the world’s leaders in the health care industry. Bristol’s descendants have continued to be active in the company, (bio by: Bill McKern)  Family links:  Spouse:  Mary Lee Bristol (1860 – 1947)* *Calculated relationship


  • July, 28, 1860
  • USA


  • June, 06, 1935
  • USA


  • Sunset Hill Cemetery
  • USA

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